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Get some Asian culture (and delicious food) this weekend at the 626 Night Market and Gardena Buddhist Church Obon Festival.  The 626 Night Market is returning for its third summer event at the Santa Anita Racetrack, offering dozens of vendors selling everything from Asian-inspired food and drinks to arts and crafts, and anything else you can think of.  The event runs from 4 PM until 1 AM on Saturday and 11 PM on Sunday.  This event was near capacity on Saturday nights, so we recommend going early or on Sunday to beat the crowds!  


626 Night Market

Location:  Santa Anita Racetrack

285 West Huntington Drive Arcadia, CA 91007

Date:  Saturday, August 3rd and Sunday, August 4th

Time:  Saturday – 4:00 PM to 1:00 AM, Sunday – 4:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Website:  http://www.626nightmarket.com/ 

*website was down as of this posting so head to their facebook for info too



If you are out in the South Bay this weekend, be sure to stop by the Gardena Buddhist Church’s Obon Festival, one of LA’s largest obon festivals!  Obon festival is a traditional Japanese festival honoring one’s ancestors that typically happens during the summer.  These festivals have evolved to be a celebration of Japanese culture, with kendo and martial arts demonstrations and taiko (japanese drumming) performances.  There will also be plenty of food vendors selling all types of Japanese food, like sushi, udon noodles, teriyaki chicken, and much more.  There will be plenty of carnival games as well.  


Gardena Obon Festival

Location:  Gardena Buddhist Church

1517 West 166th Street Gardena, CA 90247

Date:  Saturday, August 3rd and Sunday, August 4th

Time:  Saturday – 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Sunday – 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Website:  http://www.gardenabuddhistchurch.org/